Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 journalism scholarships and fellowships open to international and domestic students. Some journalism fellowships are particularly available to African students as well as those from developing countries.
Some fellowships cover all expenses to study in one of the world’s best graduate schools of journalism while others cover partial expenses. Below is a list of some fellowships with relevance to Africa and developing countries.
$55,000 Knight-Bagehot Fellowship
The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism offers qualified journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics and finance in a year-long, full-time program administered by the journalism school. Fellows take courses at Columbia’s graduate schools of journalism, business, law and international affairs; participate in off-the-record seminars and dinner meetings with corporate executives, economists and academics; and attend briefings and field trips to New York-based media companies and financial institutions.
Michael and Ceil Pulitzer African Fellowships
In support of the school’s commitment to excellence in journalism around the world, Michael and Ceil Pulitzer have made gift to create two full tuition fellowships for students from Africa studying at the Journalism School who plan to return home.
Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Fellowships
David and Katherine Moore created this scholarship to support at least one domestic and one international student each year.
Scripps Howard Foundation – Jack R. Howard Fellowships in International Journalism
Established in 1999 and funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation, these fellowships honor the late Jack R. Howard, a founding trustee and past president of the Scripps Howard Foundation. Howard also served as president and general editorial manager of The E.W. Scripps Company.
The Jack R. Howard fellowships provide full tuition and living assistance to two international journalists, from developing or transitional countries, who otherwise could not afford to study at the school. To qualify for the fellowship, candidates must reside outside the United States and intend to return to their homeland after graduation. Recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic promise and a desire to make a significant contribution to journalism in their home countries. Previous fellows have been from the following countries: Kenya, Bhutan, Cambodia, Pakistan, Iraq, Romania and Syria, to name a few. For information about the fellowships, contact Sree Sreenivasan, dean of student affairs, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, at [email protected].
Hindery Fellowships
The Hindery Fellowship Program provides substantial tuition assistance to several graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts or Master of Science programs who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and professional promise, a commitment to leadership in journalism and financial need. Hindery Fellows are likely to pursue long, distinguished careers in journalism, with deep loyalty to the profession and a special commitment to reporting on social and political issues. The Hindery Fellows are required to participate in several special seminars lead by the Dean throughout the year given by leading journalists.
How to Apply
You have to first apply for admission to do either an M.A. or M.S in journalism and select your area of interest from New Media, Broadcast Media, Print Media and a host of other combinations available at the Journalism School.
You will then be able to apply for fellowships in January from your online application page. You can only apply for fellowships if, and only if, you create an admission account and submit your application before the deadline.
Required Admission Application Materials
Each degree program has specific application requirements. Please read the requirements carefully before applying.
For the M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. program, the following supporting materials must be uploaded to the online application: personal essays, letters of recommendation, resume, writing clips or samples. Any hard copies of items mentioned above will not be accepted.
You must submit an official transcript from each of the undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended.
Deadlines:
December 16, 2013 for application submission; January 17, 2014 for submission of application materials:
Master of Science, part-time (beginning May 2014)
Master of Science, full-time (beginning August 2014)
Ph.D. in communications ( beginning August 2014)
Dual Degree programs (Journalism and Law, Business, Religion, International and Public Affairs)
January 15, 2014 for application submission; January 31, 2014 for submission of application materials:
Master of Arts, full-time (beginning August 2014)
Dual Degree Master of Science in Journalism and Computer Science (beginning August 2014)
For more information about these and other fellowships at the Columbia University J-School, click here.
For detailed information about programmes at the J-School, and the requirements for each, click here.

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